New Zealand

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Two years ago, during my last months working as an au pair in the States, I started thinking about what to do when I came home. The whole traveling bit had become a part of me, and I knew I didn't want to stay in Sweden longer than necessary. I started googling other travel possibilities, and found out that they're pretty much endless for a friendly and young Swede. It's easy for me to travel around Europe--I knew that--but I also found out how easy it is to go to Oceania for a year. Getting a Working Holiday VISA for Australia or New Zealand was pretty much just filling out a form online.

So I did. I'm not sure what made me choose NZ over OZ--maybe I had just watched LoTR or something--but the thought got stuck in my head. And once I decide to do something...

I told my boyfriend and his roommate that we're going to NZ, joined them in Norway for a good ten months and worked like a maniac (you need a good budget to go to the other side of the world for a year)! Then to Iceland for even more hard work, and then... Then we booked the one-way flight.

Now we've been in New Zealand for over four months, and I'm totally in love. Even though we haven't got the opportunity yet to see much more than the Auckland surroundings, it's clear how amazing the country is.

For one: The weather. I mean, there are people here who have never seen snow.

For two: The people. It reminds me a lot of the States, people are so straight-forward and friendly, and it feels like the opportunities are raining upon us.

And for three: A pizza is $4.90. (25SEK)

There are lots of other things I love about the country, but you'll get more praise in another episode of my travels. I figured I'll just share some of my pictures from the last four months, and you'll see for yourself.

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